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Voters OK marijuana moratorium

Voters at Stoughton Town Meeting on Wednesday voted 78-2 to approve a zoning bylaw that would put a moratorium on using land or structures for medical-marijuana treatment centers. The moratorium would be in effect through June 30, 2014.

The state attorney general’s office must approve the bylaw; on March 13 it approved a similar bylaw in Burlington.

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Stoughton voters also approved School Committee chairwoman Deborah Sovinee’s motion to move consideration of three capital-spending articles for school renovations to Monday’s Town Meeting session, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Stoughton High School auditorium.

The articles would provide funding for new windows at the Hansen School, a new roof for the West School, and new windows for the Dawes School.

Sovinee said the Massachusetts School Building Authority has already approved statements of interest for the three projects, and the town stands to get a 57 percent reimbursement — or about $1.5 million — from the state.

With many major issues still to be discussed at this year’s Town Meeting, Selectman Robert O’Regan, who along with Cynthia Walsh formed a subcommittee last summer to explore ways to make Town Meeting more efficient, said he expects Special Town Meeting in the fall to explore the issue again.

Rich Fahey can be reached at
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